Maoists on the rampage in Bihar and West Bengal
About 50 armed Maoists on Tuesday attacked the civil court premises in Lakhisarai, about 165 km. from Patna and exploded bombs and opened fire at a court premises, injuring an officer Deputy Development Commissioner Rajiv Ranjan and two policemen.
The Maoists decamped with a carbine and two rifles of the policemen after breaking open a lock-up and freeing their self-styled commander Babulal Besra of Giridih.
Another group of Maoists blew up a panchayat building in Jharkhand and a community centre and a mobile phone tower in Bihar. They also made an abortive bid to disrupt the supply line of the security forces involved in the Lalgarh operation by detonating a landmine at Chara village between Midnapore and Kirakata in West Bengal.
Meanwhile, the West Bengal CM accepted the ban imposed on the CPI(Maoist) bu the Union Government and said the state government also is exploring ways and means to ban the outfit.